Francesca is a 30 year old Italian middle child (of three girls), mommy of 2, who is married to her best Friend. She is constantly baking for friends and family, trying out new recipes and old family secrets. On her blog, you’ll find her stories, recipes, craft ideas and photos!
If your house is like ours, there’s a never ending chorus of “I’m hungry!!!” Ringing through the halls this summer!
It’s seriously never ending, these kids are eating non stop!
Coming up with new snack ideas can be hard, but I’ve found something that our kids will devour, over and over again!
Apple Nachos, have become a huge hit in our house!
It’s a versatile snack, that you can switch up depending on your toppings of choice, allergies or other dietary restrictions. Plus!! This treat goes perfectly with our favorite drink of choice Allen’s apple juice!
They are guaranteed to satisfy the biggest summer time snack appetites, especially after spending the day in the pool!
Give them a try and watch how quiet the house suddenly gets… well besides the sounds of crunching!
2 apples cored and sliced
1/4 Cup peanut butter, melted. (Any nut or seed butter can be substituted)
1/4 melted chocolate chips
Arrange your sliced apples on your plate
Drizzle melted peanut butter and chocolate over slices.
Add sprinkles and enjoy!!
It may not solve all your boredom problems this summer, but at least you’ve got snack time covered!
That means longer sunny days, and spending time outside on your patios!
While enjoying this beautiful weather, you’ll definitely need a drink to sip on! One that’s refreshing and easy to whip up. Either just for yourself to enjoy, or whenever you’re entertaining for family and friends!
This is the perfect family friendly drink, for any summer gathering. Try it today!
It seriously couldn’t be easier! All you need is:
3 Cups, brewed and cooled English breakfast tea.
1 Cup Allen’s apple Juice
Lemon slices for garnish
1. Brew your tea and let steep for 5 minutes, let cool
2. In a large pitcher pour in your Apple juice, add your tea and mix.
3. Serve chilled, garnished with ice cubes and lemon slices!
Simple, easy and refreshing!
Cheers to warm weather, sunny days and refreshing drinks!
Slice off the top ¼ of the apples and scoop out cores.
Using a knife make a deep cut around the center of the apple.
Flip over apples and make narrow cuts all around, making sure to not cut through the bottom. In a small bowl, stir together melted butter and cinnamon, sugar and nutmeg . Brush apples all over with mixture.
Wrap apples in foil and grill until tender, about 15 minutes.
Top with ice cream and drizzle with caramel.
(You can also, bake them in the oven at 375 for 30 minutes)
Last year I got a waffle iron ! After that fateful day, I literally made waffles every other day! Regular waffles, cake mix waffles hash brown waffles!
I couldn’t stop!
At the request of Mike, who was so tired of only eating waffle shaped food.. I put the waffle iron away!
This past weekend, the kids requested WAFFLES!!
It was time to pull out my old friend and get to work!
I’ve been on a peanut butter kick lately, I decided to put a little twist on our usual waffle recipe!
These peanut butter waffles were a big hit with the kids, and made the whole house smell heavenly! We topped ours with bananas and mini Reece’s pieces, because it’s Sunday and YOLO!!
Peanut Butter waffles
2 Cups of flour
1/2 Cup sugar
1/8 tsp nutmeg
2 1/4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 Cups of milk
1 Cup of creamy peanut butter
3 tbsp vegetable oil
In a medium bowl, whisk together: flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, nutmeg and cinnamon.In a separate bowl mix together: eggs, milk, peanut butter and vegetable oil.Add wet ingredients to the dry and mix until there are no lumps.Cook according to your waffle iron directions.
Now it’s time for me to put away my waffle iron, before I get carried away again lol!
Do they have a waffle iron addicts anonymous? Because after having these I may go back to my old ways!
A few weeks ago, I joined some of my favorite ladies on a mini girls getaway. Mandy from Sparkle Shiny Love Cathy from A Boy And His Mom and Steph from Bawlers And Crawlers. I’m so lucky to have met these amazing ladies. They’ve become close friends and a huge support system for me.
After the holidays, we were all in need in a little time away! The amazing people at Viamede Resort hosted us for the weekend!
To make our way up to the resort, on that Snowy weekend. Clarington Toyota was so amazing, to provide us with a beautiful 2019 Highlander !It made for a super comfy (hello heated seats!) and super safe ride, on the snow covered highways.
With plenty of trunk space, for all of our gear… and 4 grown women to fit! If you’re looking for a new SUV definitely check this one out!
As soon as we checked into the resort, we took a mini tour to see what it had to offer!
We loved all the amenities which included:
Indoor/ outdoor pool
Cozy seating area
Beautiful dining room
Ping pong table
Trails to walk on
Multiple winter activities, including ice skating and snowshoeing
The views were stunning! The food was delicious! (seriously try the poutine!!) The rooms were cozy and inviting! Plus, nothing beats actually getting to sleep in on a weekend! As much as I did miss the kids… this mama loved catching up on her sleep!
The weekend was full of so many laughs. My face hurt when we got home.
I think sometimes, moms and dads feel guilty about taking time away.
I can honestly say that after the hustle and bustle of the holidays, I was running on empty! Taking these few days away, with these amazing ladies, and beautiful views was just what I needed!
If you get the opportunity to pay Viamede a visit I highly recommend it! Only an hour away from the city, but you feel a world away!
Also if you’re looking for a new car…. head over to Clarington Toyota ask for Matt and tell him Fran sent you!
Above all always take time for yourself. These 3 days away did wonders for us… It also give Mike a little glimpse into what I do at home every day… let’s just say, everyone was VERY glad to see me when I got home. Pretty sure Mike is already planning his getaway ASAP!
You all know I’m all about quick and easy weeknight dinners!
No one wants to stand in front of the stove for hours after work…. And let’s be honest, there’s only so much takeout you can order until your wallet and waistband have had enough!
This one pot pasta, has all the flavors of one of my favorite things, antipasto! Tomatoes, olives and artichokes! Need I say more?
From start to finish this dish will take you 30 mins and with only one pot to clean up, you’ll be relaxing on the couch in no time!
1/4 of a pack of spaghetti (that’s the usual for our family)
3 cups of water
1 can of vegetable broth
1 can of roasted tomatoes
1 can marinated artichoke hearts, drained
1 cup, pitted black olives
1 medium red onion, sliced
2 Tbsp fresh thyme
Salt and pepper to taste
1/2 tsp garlic powder
Optional feta cheese to top
In a large pot, bring your water to a boil. Then add your pasta, broth, tomatoes, artichokes, onions, olives and thyme. On high heat.Allow everything to return to a boil, and stir.Bring pasta to a simmer and lower to medium heat. Continue to occasionally stir as the pasta cooks.The water will eventually reduce, while the pasta cooks, and turn into more of a sauce.Once the pasta is cooked (approx 14 minutes) season to taste with salt and pepper.Serve while still hot and garnish with crumbled feta if you’d like!